Avoiding Bicycle Accidents

Safety Tips for San Diego Bicycle Riders to Avoid Common Accidents

In a city like San Diego, bicycle riders are abundant. Unfortunately, that also means that bike accidents are more frequent than in other cities. What can you, as a biker, do to help maintain safety and avoid getting hit by a car or truck? Of course, bike riders should take normal precautions such as wearing protective gear and reflectors to help other cars and vehicles see you on the road. If bicyclists routinely did this, the number of bike accidents would be greatly reduced.

There are other routine safety tips that bike riders should follow. If you’re riding at night, get a light. If you have a horn or other noisemaker, be sure to sound it to alert drivers of your presence. And you should be in the habit to slow down when nearing intersections in case you do not have enough time to take safe measures.

However, there are some bicycle crashes which can not be prevented simply by using the proper protective gear and safety equipment. Of these frequent bike accidents, there are several typical kinds which replay themselves over and over. Here are a few ways to avoid these common bicycle accidents.

The Right Cross

This bicycle accident happens when a bicyclist comes up to an intersection with a car approaching perpendicular to the bike on the right. Rather than wait for the bicyclist to cross the intersection, the car pulls out into the intersection and pulls out in front of the bike or “t-bones” the bicyclist when the car enters the nearest lane of traffic.

Many times, bicyclists ride as far to the right of their road as they can. However, when it comes to intersections, if you can come out a little further so that you are riding a car’s width away from the curb, it is much safer. That is because more car drivers are likely to look for cross traffic coming from the lane of traffic, compared to looking for bikes or cars near the sidewalk.

Door Collisions

If you’re riding on a street where cars frequent parallel park near the curbline, do not ride close to the parked cars. A lot of drivers will keep a car door open while they collect things or will unexpectedly open their door, which could lead to you crashing into the car door.

If you can safely move further to the left away from the parked cars without interfering with traffic, be sure to do so. Otherwise, slow down and drive your bike patiently. It may be inconvenient, but it’s better than getting in an accident.

The Right Hook

Often, when a bicyclist is going straight through an intersection, drivers try to overtake the bike rider and then make a right hand turn in front of them. This can oftentimes lead to the car driver miscalculating how far ahead he is from the bicyclist and making it more likely that the bike rider will collide with the vehicle making a right hand turn.

When approaching an intersection, it is helpful to ride in the street to avoid being put in this position. Riding in the sidewalk is not preferable. First, sidewalks are for pedestrians. But, more importantly, sidewalks make you much more invisible to the traffic than you would be if you were riding alongside a car. Be sure to ride to the left, a comfortable distance between the curb and right hand turn lane. If you take up a little more space, it makes it harder for vehicles to overtake you or cut you off. Glance in your mirror before crossing the intersection.

If you don’t have handlebar or helmet mirrors, they would be a wise investment.

While these are just a few of dozens of the typical bike accident scenarios, working to maintain your safety in these give you skills to deal with other typical accidents. Bike riders tend to be at a disadvantage when they are involved in San Diego car accidents and often times risk death. Err on the side of safety and keep San Diego a safe, bike-able city.

What are the Dangers of Long-Term Cortizone Injections?

You or someone you know may have used cortisone injections to treat their joint pain following an injury accident. Over the years, cortizone injections have been proven to reduce pain and inflammation on people’s shoulder, knee, neck, and back injuries following an accident. However, the long-term use of cortizone injections also has harmful side effects that many people do not know about.

Our San Diego personal injury attorneys recently wrote an article about the benefits and potential dangers of prolonged cortisone injections on our injury accident website. Before you use this type of treatment, make sure you are informed of what the drug could do to you and what the risks and benefits. For more information, please read the full article.

Elderly Man Crashes Car Into La Mesa Store

An unidentified elderly man crashed his car into the wall of Cost Plus World Market in La Mesa on November 17, 2010. The elderly car driver said that his foot hit the accelerator and the car went in reverse. It appears that the man did not realize that his car was in reverse and was attempting to drive forward. According to witnesses, the elderly car driver crashed into three mailboxes and parts of a concrete wall before his car came to rest against the wall.

The auto accident raises several concerns that are often mentioned about elderly drivers. Even assuming that the elderly driver did not realize his car was in reverse, why didn’t he remove his foot from the accelerator and apply the brake as soon as his car went backward? Why did it take a concrete wall to stop the vehicle? Presumably, if the car did not collide with the wall it would have kept on traveling and could have struck and killed or injured pedestrians or other motorists. Should elderly drivers be tested more frequently? Should elderly drivers be allowed on the road past a certain age? After their motor skills deteriorate to the point when they don’t realize which direction they are going? Or after they cannot apply the brakes quickly? These are legitimate questions but have to be tempered with the desire of elderly drivers to remain independent and be able to commute on their own as needed.

We are very thankful that no other motorist or pedestrian was injured in this La Mesa car accident.

Houston Personal Injury Attorney Makes Bet on Texas vs. Texas A&M Game with the Law Group

As many of you may know Houston personal injury attorney and Vujasinovic & Beckcom founding partner Brian Beckcom is a third-generation Fighting Texas Aggie. Even though Brian went to “trade” school at the University of Texas (or t.u. and “The University of Texas School of Law” to Aggies), he claims he was actually educated at Texas A&M. Brian’s a maroon-blooded Aggie and season-ticket holder for the football games and has been since the day he graduated from Texas A&M.

The Texas – Texas A&M game is one of the oldest rivalries in college football. Traditionally played on Thanksgiving Day, the game pits two in-state rivals against each other and often pits friends and families against each other, at least on Thanksgiving Day.

Although the rivalry is pretty intense already, we’ve decided to bring it up a notch. Brian Beckcom, a Houston personal injury attorney, and the Law Group, founded and run by a Texas Longhorn fan and supporter, are placing a bet on this year’s game.

Whoever loses the game has agreed to change their Facebook avatar to the opposing school’s mascot for one week. Although this doesn’t sound like much, to a U.T. or Aggie grad and fan changing your Facebook logo to the opposing school’s mascot for even one millisecond is enough of public humiliation to cause teeth to grind, hair to fall out, and tears to shed.

Gig ‘em and Hook ‘em!

Carlsbad Hit-and-Run Car Accident Leaves Pedestrian Injured

62-year-old George W. Brown was injured in a serious car wreck that occurred on November 20, 2011, around 3:15 a.m. in the 300 block of Carlsbad Village Dr. According to police spokesperson Josh Bubnis, Brown was found unconscious, lying on his side in the eastbound lanes of Carlsbad Village Drive.

Brown suffered serious head injuries and was immediately transported to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla for medical treatment. From the available information, it is unclear what led to this serious car wreck. The accident is under investigation.

The hit-and-run driver committed felony of leaving the accident scene and may be held accountable under California Vehicle Code 20001 (a) which states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

Meanwhile, the injured victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. This lawyer may also help the victim obtain compensation for the losses occurred in this crash.

Our personal injury law office hopes that the injuries suffered by Brown do not prove fatal or have long-term effects.

Four Injured in San Francisco Cable Car Accident

Four people were injured in a San Francisco cable car accident on the San Francisco Municipal Railway on November 21, 2009, when the cable car stopped without warning causing them to fall. The car stopped because a strand on the underground cable had started to detach. Cable cars use the cable to drive the cars along San Francisco’s many hills.

According to police, the injured people included the cable car conductor, gripman, and two other passengers. The initial investigation reveals that the cable car operator was unable to release the cable car grip from the partially torn cable and the conductor then asked central control to shut down the system. At the time of the accident, the car was headed to Fisherman’s Wharf.

At this time it is too early to determine whether a legal claim can be made on behalf of the injured victims. However, if the strand detached from the cable due to a manufacturer’s defect or poor maintenance, a claim may be successfully made.

If you or a loved one has ever been injured or killed in a San Francisco personal injury accident, contact San Francisco injury lawyer and the San Francisco, CA accident attorneys.

Slip and Fall Injuries: New Study Highlights Key Risk Factors Predicting Injury

Slip and fall accidents commonly cause lower leg injuries when people fall unexpectedly and cannot stop themselves gracefully. The torque and force the fall put on their joints and bones can be severe and cause serious injury and pain.

In the medical community, the severity of a lower extremity injury stemming from a slip and fall accident is determined by several risk factors. Some people are more susceptible to leg injuries, such as a foot and knee injury from a slip and fall than others and it could affect your personal injury case.

Our San Diego slip and fall attorneys recently discussed a medical study at a personal injury law firm website which attempts to predict the severity of lower extremity injuries to predict medical treatment and prognosis.

Are You More at Risk for Suffering a Lower Extremity (Leg) Injury from a Slip and Fall Accident? A New Study Finds Key Indicating Factors.

Lower extremity (leg) injuries are frequently caused by slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents most commonly lead to injuries such as muscle strains, contusions, and ligament sprains to name a few. The ankle, knee, and lower leg are the most common places for lower extremity injuries. Lower leg injuries are frequently treatable, but costly, and the worldwide medical costs for treating them are estimated at $1 billion a year. Because of the frequency and treatment costs of lower extremity injuries, researchers and clinicians have compiled a list of risk factors to help determine how severe the lower extremity injury is relative to the scope of possible leg injuries.

Some risk factors include: age, gender, menstrual cycle (in women), previous injury, inadequate rehabilitation (of a previous personal injury), acrobatic fitness level, limb dependence, flexibility, muscle strength/balance, reaction time, limb girth, postural stability, and anatomical alignment.

Leg injury risk factors help insurance adjusters, doctors, and attorneys determine the severity of the slip and fall accident which helps them access the compensation the injured person should receive. This is why every slip and fall case is unique. Since people themselves are unique, there is no specific rate that a person will get when they suffer a slip and fall accident.

If you have suffered a slip and fall accident that has caused a lower leg injury, including a foot and knee injury from a slip and fall, please be sure to see an orthopedic doctor, preferably a surgeon, as soon as possible to have your injury examined and to determine its’ seriousness. It would also be a good idea to gather all relevant facts available to you about your accident—gather all contact information for witnesses to the slip and fall, take pictures of the material or object you slipped or tripped on, and look around for any video cameras which may have captured the slip and fall. You should bring this information to an experienced San Diego slip and fall lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases, such as our lawyers, for a free consultation and help with getting the medical treatment you need and a guidance.

Dangerous Product Case Opinion Limits the Rights of Californians

The California Court of Appeals for the Fourth Appellate District recently handed down a decision in the case of Gonzalez v. Southern California Gas Company that can only be described as questionable at best and destructive to the rule of law at worst.

A young girl died after her car hit a gas meter that was along the side of the road and not properly covered as required by federal law—a law that was created due to the foreseeability of accidents like this one. The jury ruled in her favor, but the Court of Appeals decided to reverse the verdict, leaving her family without justice. What makes it worse is that the Court decided NOT to publish their opinion for official review and authority—an indication that the justices may have realized that their ruling was unsupported by existing case law.

Our San Diego injury lawyer website recently wrote a brief article detailing the events of this defective products lawsuit and why this is important to everyone to read and understand. The Court decided not to provide the public with protections that previous courts and Congress had intended gas companies to install. Please read our article on this outrageous tort reform opinion for the full story.

The California Court of Appeals Recently Handed Down a Horrible Tort Reform Opinion Affecting All Californians Injured by Dangerous Products. Here is How this Court Ruling Will Limit Your Legal Rights.

Recently, our office heard about an unfair decision involving a fellow San Diego dangerous products lawyer that was handed down by the Fourth Appellate District of the California Court of Appeals in the case of Gonzalez v. Southern California Gas Company. It involved a 17-year old girl who was killed when her car veered off the road and struck a Southern California Gas Company (SCG) unprotected gas meter which was located 11 feet, 4 inches from the curb along the road. Upon impact, the gas meter exploded and caused a fire that engulfed her vehicle. Although she was able to escape the burning vehicle, she later died from burn injuries which engulfed 80 percent of her body’s surface.

Prior to the accident when the gas line was first installed, SCG was required by federal law to protect the gas line from foreseeable collisions. The tragic part of this incident is that had SCG protected the gas line as it was legally required to do so, the girl would have only suffered a cut lip. The case went to trial and the jury found that SCG had a duty to protect the victim by coving the gas line and that it’s failure to do so was a substantial factor in causing the girl’s death.

SCG predictably appealed this decision to the Court of Appeals in California. But in a shocking turn of events, the Court decided to overturn the family’s wrongful death verdict and stated that SCG did not owe a duty to protect the gas line. The court wrongfully stated that this type of collision was “not foreseeable,” therefore, the jury verdict was disregarded and SCG was not held liable.

What the Appellate Court did was wrong, and even worse, their decision runs afoul of previous California decisions. There are three separate cases that this Court decided to distinguish its’ opinion from, including the Californai Supreme Court opinion in Bigbee v. Pacific Tel. & Tel. Co., 34 Cal.3d, 49 (1983).

Most cases of this magnitude are published so courts and attorneys can cite to it. Case precedent is important because the public needs to know what the law is, and how courts interpret the law. However, in shocking fashion, this Court decided NOT to publish their opinion for others to see. It would be one thing for the Court to publish their opinion to the public and allow it to stand up to public scrutiny and review, but the Court (for whatever reason) decided a case that contradicts prior case precedent should not be published. My opinion is that the judges knew that their decision was wrong and without basis and they did not publish their ruling in hopes that it would not be challenged.

So why should this Appellate Court opinion matter to you? For starters, it proves that the Courts do not always do the right thing. Judges are humans too, so sometimes they do not always come to the right decision. This is why it is important that you hire an attorney that is willing to fight and speak out when a Court makes bad decisions.

Fortunately, the trial attorneys for the victim’s family is appealing the Court of Appeals ruling to the Supreme Court. We hope that the Supreme Court accepts their appeal and overturns this poor ruling.

What Good Do Personal Injury Lawyers Do For Society?

Unfortunately, personal injury attorneys have a bad reputation with most people. Many see our role in the legal profession as greedy and vindictive people who chase ambulances in order to make money at the expense of our clients and society.

Not only is the stereotype false, but many people overlook all the good things that injury lawyers do. We are dedicated to our work and we are motivated by ensuring our client’s rights are represented so that they receive the compensation they deserve.

Our San Diego accident attorneys certainly do not fall under this poor stereotype. We recently wrote an article about the stereotypes about our profession, why they are not true, and why injury attorneys benefit the public.

Hot Topics in Personal Injury Law

As a nationally recognized personal injury attorney, I receive a number of lawyer newsletters from law offices around California and the United States.  I received one recently from Dallas personal injury lawyer Jeff Rasansky which had an article in it entitled, “Advocates or Ambulance Chasers.”  It really struck me with it’s honesty and truth about the good that injury lawyers do…and the negative public opinion they commonly face.

It’s no secret that personal injury attorneys have a bad reputation in our society.  We have all heard the various stereotypes and jokes about our profession.  These stereotypes are not only false, but they are damaging to our legal system and society.  The legal system is what people should turn to in their time of need.  It is their last avenue for appeal and redress when private parties and the government will not act responsible for their negligent acts.  And truth be told, the vast majority of personal injury lawyers are doing the right thing.  People that are involved in a car accident, motorcycle accidents, or injured by a defective product turn to lawyers every day because they know that an attorney will represent their rights, and not those of an insurance company.

So where do these negative stereotypes come from?  The first source that comes to mind is the media.  TV shows, the news, and movies very often show lawyers in the worst light possible: as greedy and vindictive.  Also, some of the attorney advertisements by real life personal injury lawyers make it seem that attorneys are money hungry and that they convince people that they need an attorney.  However, most injury attorneys do not look at potential clients as dollar signs.  These money hungry attorneys are the minority.

Not only do injury lawyers help their clients in their time of need, but their work ensures that people live in a safe environment.  Corporations and people are mindful of what can happen to them if they decide not to behave in a reasonable manner.  Also, you have attorneys to thank for the various safety laws and regulations that we have.  These laws were enacted in response to negligent behavior, and these laws provide a standard which intends to keep the public healthy and safe.  

I can see why people think the way they do about personal injury attorneys since negative stereotypes are all around them.  While, it is true that “one bad apple spoils the entire bunch,”  you always hear about the immoral attorney who stole their client’s money on the news, but you NEVER hear about any of the positive things personal injury lawyers do for their clients.  

It also does not help that corporations and insurance companies also attempt to paint injury law firms in a bad light too.  However, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to be an accident attorney.  In America, there are several ways to make a living and make money–people don’t have to be lawyers to make a lot of money.  In fact, many people chose to become personal injury lawyers because they want to help people.  Besides, corporations and insurance companies paint us in this bad light because we threaten them with lawsuits if they do not follow the law and when their insureds are careless and negligent.

There may be a time in your life when you are faced with a situation that will require you to hire an accident attorney.  You should not be just another number or case in your attorney’s file cabinet.You are an individual with your own worries and hopes about your injury claim.  

National Sleep Foundation Offers Tips to Prevent Drowsy Driving

Falling asleep at the wheel causes one in every six car accidents in the United States, according to the National Sleep Foundation. That’s why the foundation is supporting National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week this November.

Most drivers are aware of the dangers of driving while drunk, drugged, or texting on a cell phone, all of which can cause a serious accident by taking the driver’s full attention away from the road. Most drivers also realize that it’s dangerous to drive when you’re too sleepy.

In a AAA Foundation poll, 96 percent of drivers who responded said that drivers should not be behind the wheel when they are too tired to keep their eyes open.

San Diego, CA Injury Accident Attorney Supports CAOC

George Washington once said:

“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”

Letter of Instructions to the Captains of the Virginia Regiments [July 29, 1759]. The advocates of consumer rights, viewing the resources of defense firms and corporate defendants, can relate to the trepidation felt by the out-numbered and out-gunned Continental Army. Because of that disparity in resources, Consumer Attorneys of California (“CAOC”) consolidates the voices of consumer attorneys throughout the state to (1) preserve and protect the constitutional right to trial by jury for all consumers, (2) champion the cause of those who deserve redress for injury to person or property, (3) encourage and promote changes to California law by legislative, initiative or court action, (4) oppose injustice in existing or contemplated legislation, (5) correct harsh, unjust and oppressive legislation or judicial decisions, (6) advance the common law and promote the public good through the civil justice system and concerted efforts to secure safe products, a safe workplace, a clean environment, and quality health care, (7) uphold the honor, integrity and dignity of the legal profession by encouraging mutual support and cooperation among members, (8) promote the highest standards of professional conduct, and (9) inspire excellence in advocacy. This post is a multi-blog effort to inform consumer attorneys about CAOC’s value and encourage participation in CAOC through membership.

CAOC works tirelessly to protect or advance those causes of import to consumers and their attorneys in California. Often those efforts, though valuable, receive little fanfare. For example, CAOC recently sponsored SB 510, which affects the re-sale of what are known as “structured settlements,” in which victims receive financial compensation over a period of time for medical expenses and basic living needs, as determined by a jury. Before SB 510 was signed by the Governor, Courts expressed frustration at their inability to prevent the sale of structured settlements on terms that might ultimately lead to long-term financial hardship for the victim. Now, SB 510 gives judges the information they need to make a reasoned decision about the propriety of a structured settlement sale.

Measures like CAOC-sponsored SB 510 help protect the most vulnerable members of our society and ask for nothing in return. They exemplify the spirit of CAOC. However, CAOC is only as effective in its mission as its membership allows it to be. When consumer attorneys join the ranks of CAOC, its voice gains in power and clarity. But if consumer advocates sit on the sidelines, hoping to benefit from the work of others, CAOC is stretched thin, and we are all at risk as a result.

Now, consumer advocate bloggers from across the state are combining their voices to call upon each and every lawyer and firm that regularly represents plaintiffs to join CAOC, thereby strengthening the consumer’s first line of defense. The blogs participating in this unified call to action are:

  • The Complex Litigator (H. Scott Leviant)
  • The UCL Practitioner (Kimberly Kralowec)
  • Bailey Class Action Daily (Matt Bailey)
  • California Employee Rights Blog (James J. Peters)
  • An Appeal to Reason (Donna Bader)
  • California Personal Injury and Insurance Blog (Jonathan G. Stein)
  • California Debt Blog (Jonathan G. Stein)
  • TrialLawyerTips.com (Mitch Jackson and Lisa Wilson)
  • California Injury Blog (John Bisnar)
  • San Diego Car Accident Lawyer Blog
  • San Diego Injury Accident Lawyer Blog
  • California Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog (Walton Law Firm LLP)
  • San Diego Injury Law Blog (Walton Law Firm LLP)
  • California Personal Injury Law Blog (Norman Gregory Fernandez)
  • Biker Lawyer Blog (Norman Gregory Fernandez)
  • California Credit Law (Mark F. Anderson, Carol Brewer & Andy Ogilvie)
  • Lemon Law Blog (Mark F. Anderson, Carol Brewer & Andy Ogilvie)

Show your support of consumers’ rights by joining and supporting CAOC. Together we can make an impact that we cannot make alone.

Fatal Yucca Valley Car Accident Kills Woman

54-year-old Deborah Ann Gerdes was killed in a fatal pedestrian wreck that occurred on November 5, 2011, around 6:40 p.m. on Highway 62 (SR 62) crossing at Geronimo Trail, Yucca Valley. According to San Bernardino County coroner, at least two vehicles struck her as she tried to cross the freeway.

Gerdes suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the accident scene. From the available information, it is unclear whether the victim had the right-of-way or was at a marked intersection. The accident is still under investigation.

The victim’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights. Gerdes’s family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault car drivers to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of anticipated wages, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Gerdes for such a heart rendering loss.

1 Worker Dead, Another Missing in Texas Sewer Line Work Accident

One man was killed and another is still missing in a fatal work-related accident that occurred around 8 a.m. Thursday, November 3, 2011 in a Collin County suburb in Texas.

According to officials, the two contract workers from North Texas Municipal Water District went down into a 60-inch wastewater collection line to remove a clog. The sewer line was filled with poisonous gas fumes that killed one worker immediately. Neither was wearing respiratory devices.

Rescue crews pulled the worker’s body from the sewer pipe, but a second is still missing. Rescuers believe he was swept down the line, which runs several miles long. Investigations are underway and the crew plans to search various manholes to find the other worker.

Our personal injury office offers our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and coworkers of the victims.

We understand that this puts a huge emotional and financial burden on the victims’ families. They should immediately consult with a workplace accident attorney to learn about their legal rights and options. They may be able to receive workers’ compensation to cover the medical bills, funeral costs, and loss of love and wages.

San Diego Attorneys Join the Race for the Cure

On November 4, the San Diego chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation held a “Race for the Cure” event to raise money for breast cancer research, advocacy, and support. The legal team at the Law Group, which has 9 staff members, created a race team of over 50 participates to join in the fight against breast cancer – and we’re taking our support past the race itself.

From now until December 4, 2012, the Law Group will match any donations to the Komen Foundation, up to $1,000 total. You can make donations directly.

Brazil Woman Finds ‘Dead’ Mother Alive in Morgue

Rosangela Celestrino was called to a Rio de Janeiro hospital to identify her mother’s body on September 23, 2011, only to find that her mother was still alive.

The mother was initially admitted to the Hospital Estadual Adao Pereira Nunes for a pulmonary infection. Doctors had pronounced 60-year-old Rosa Celestrino de Assis dead, and she was placed in the refrigerated drawer of a hospital morgue for two hours.

“I went to kiss my mom, and she was breathing.”

The mother was immediately taken to the ICU, intubated again, and put on a respirator.

The nurse who first suspected the mother was dead was fired and the doctor who pronounced her dead had resigned. The Celestrino family made a police complaint. If medical negligence is proven, the family could sue the hospital for personal injury. If the mother dies, the family can file a wrongful death suit for manslaughter.

Minnesota Work Accident Kills Electrical Worker

58-year-old Bruce Lynn Leibfried died in a Sioux Falls job site accident on November 1, 2011. He was working on a scissor lift at 7 a.m. when the bucket of his crane was lodged between some tubing and a rafter in the ceiling. No one was nearby.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Rural Metro ambulance responded to the call of a work site accident at 8 a.m. and found Leibfried dead at the scene. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is currently investigating the cause of the incident.

Right now, the deceased worker’s family members should consult with a personal injury attorney to learn about their legal rights and options. If the electrical company could have prevented the accident, then the family can sue for compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. The family may also be eligible for Social Security benefits, depending on the situation.

Bicyclist Struck By Teenage Driver in Chino

44-year-old Francisco Donato was struck and injured in a serious bicycle accident that occurred on October 27, 2011, around 6 a.m. between Chino Avenue and Arvidson Street. According to the Police officials, Donato was pedaling south along the 13300 block of East End Avenue when he was struck by 18-year-old Gerardo Mendez driving a 2001 GMC Yukon. The teen was attempting to pass another vehicle when the collision happened.

Donato suffered serious injuries and was immediately airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment. From the limited information, it is clear that the negligence and reckless driving of the teen driver led to this serious bicycle wreck. The investigation is in process.

Meanwhile, the injured bicyclist should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate him about his legal rights and assure that the at-fault party is brought to justice.

The injured victim can also file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the bicyclist heal soon.

Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Loma Linda Auto Accident

26-year-old Timothy Joseph Taylor was killed in Loma Linda traffic accident along I-10 that occurred on October 18, 2011, around 9:22 p.m. at the Sun City area of Menifee. According to San Bernardino County coroner’s officials, Taylor was struck by an unidentified vehicle near Tippecanoe Avenue.

Taylor suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital less than 30 minutes after the report was made. From the available information, it appears that the negligent driving of the motorist led to this serious pedestrian accident. The accident is under investigation.

At this time, the deceased’s family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Bernardino County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and would assure that the at-fault motorist is brought to justice.

The victim’s family members can also file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist to obtain timely compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of anticipated earnings, and loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Taylor for such a heart rendering loss.

Three Students Struck in Santee Car Accident

Three girls were struck and injured by a vehicle in a serious pedestrian accident that occurred on October 17, 2011, around 8:30 a.m. near Santana High School in Santee. According to the investigating authorities, the girls were attempting to cross the street near the intersection of Magnolia Avenue and Carefree Drive when a car struck them. All the girls suffered minor bruises and scratches.

From the limited information, it is not clear as to what led to this accident. The investigation is in process. Meanwhile, the parents of the injured girls should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and assure that the at-fault truck driver is brought to justice.

The victims’ parents can also file a personal injury claim against the driver to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the young girls heal soon.

Santa Ana Pedestrian Accident Caused by Unlicensed Driver

A mother and her 4-year-old child were struck and injured by a car driven by an unlicensed car driver in Santa Ana on the morning of October 20, 2010. Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said that this Orange County auto accident occurred along the 1200 block of East McFadden Avenue, near Grand Avenue in Santa Ana, approximately 125 miles north of San Diego.

Eric Christopher Woodward, 39, driving a Ford Crown Victoria, veered onto the sidewalk and hit the mother and crushed the child. The impact of the car crash was so strong that both the mother and child were thrown about 20 feet into the air. Bertagna said that the child suffered critical injuries and the mother suffered a broken shoulder.

Woodward lost control of the vehicle, perhaps due to experiencing a grand mal seizure, and in an effort to compensate the curve he struck both the mother and the child leaving them seriously injured. Bertgana said that Woodward was unlicensed due to his propensity to experience seizures. Fortunately, Woodward and his mother riding as her passenger escaped unhurt.

The injured victims can seek a personal injury claim from Woodward to cover the medical costs, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, and other accident related damages. With the assistance from an experienced Orange County car accident lawyer, the injured victims can know their legal rights and obtain timely compensation.

We sincerely hope and pray that both mother and child did not suffer ant catastrophic injuries and that their injuries heal completely.

Church Street Car Accident Injures Roseville Woman

An unidentified 20-year-old Roseville woman suffered critical injuries in a Placer County car accident that occurred on October 17, 2010, around 3:02 p.m. on Church Street in Placer County, 400 miles from San Diego. Roseville Police Department officers said that the injured woman driving her 1989 BMW Sedan failed to negotiate a curve near Circuit Drive.

The BMW failing to take the curve, collided with a tree and then with the Union Pacific Railroad Yard property. The injured female driver was immediately transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment.

Authorities investigating this serious car accident believe that slippery road might have contributed to it. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors behind this car accident. Roseville Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is trying to determine the exact cause of this critical car accident.

It is worth looking into the condition of the road. Is there a proper system to water drainage after a rainfall? Was the overflow system clogged? If it is found in the investigation that an unsafe road leads to this car accident, then the injured victim can seek compensation from road maintenance authorities to cover the cost of treatment of injuries, hospitalization charges, and other accident-related damages.

We sincerely hope and pray that the injured car driver did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and that her injuries heal soon.

Interstate 10 Auto Accident in San Bernardino Leaves One Injured

One woman suffered critical injuries in a two-vehicle car- crash that occurred on October 20, 2010, around 8:06 a.m along Interstate 10 (I-10) in San Bernardino. According to California Highway Patrol officers, a woman complained of severe chest pain after a steering wheel hit her badly in the chest area.

This San Bernardino County car accident slowed down the traffic traveling on Interstate 10 in San Bernardino, approximately 96 miles from San Diego, for some time. The exact cause of this auto accident still remains under investigation. The injured victim here would be well-advised to consult with an experienced San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, who will stay abreast of the official investigation and make sure that the negligent parties are held liable.

It is very crucial for an investigation to start before memories fade and before critical evidence at the collision scene has been removed, washed away, or otherwise altered. If it is found that this car crash occurred due to the negligence of the other car driver, then the injured woman can seek compensation to cover the medical costs and the pain she suffered.

We sincerely hope that the injuries sustained by the injured woman do not prove fatal and that she recovers to her complete health soon.

Indio Hit-and-Run Car Crash Kills Elderly Pedestrian

72-year-old Beverly Glass was struck and injured in a serious hit-and-run car wreck that occurred on October 12, 2011, around 3:30 p.m. on Interstate 10 (I-10) just east of North Indian Canyon Drive. According to the California Highway Patrol, Glass was trying to walk across traffic lanes when she was struck by a black, late model Volkswagon Jetta. The victim was thrown onto the shoulder of the freeway.

The car driver, who is believed to be a 25- year old woman stopped, talked to several witnesses, then got in the car and left the accident scene. The driver has not been cited as yet as the accident is still under investigation. Glass suffered serious injuries and was immediately transported to Desert Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.

From the available information, it appears that the car driver negligent driving and irresponsible actions contributed to this serious pedestrian wreck. Meanwhile, the injured victim or her family members should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and would assure that the at-fault motorist is brought to justice.

The injured victim can also file a personal injury claim against the at-fault Jetta driver to obtain timely compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincere hopes that injuries suffered by the pedestrian heal soon and do not prove fatal.

Spring Valley DUI Car Accident Seriously Injures Man

One man suffered serious injuries when he was struck badly by a suspected DUI car driver in Spring Valley, an East San Diego County community, on October 16, 2010, around 11:00 a.m. According to California Highway Patrol officer Brian Pennings, Colin Eisner, 33, driving a Ford Contour struck a Toyota Tacoma on State Route 125 (SR-125) close to Jamacha Boulevard.

Pennings said that the Tacoma rolled over several times while the Ford went down an embankment after the crash. The pickup driver suffered serious injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Eisner, fortunately, escaped unhurt and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

From the facts of the story, it appears that Eisner’s negligence leads to this major San Diego car accident. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a): “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.”

If after the initial investigation it is found that Eisner caused this drunk driving auto accident, then he should be responsible for the injured victim’s injuries and other damages. The injured victim is entitled to receive compensation to pay for the cost of hospitalization, loss of earnings, medical expenses, and other accident-related damages.

It would be in the interest of the injured victim to seek counsel from an experienced San Diego auto accident lawyer who would ensure that Eisner is held accountable for the offense he committed.

We hope that the driver of the Toyota Tacoma recovers completely from his injuries and is able to return to his activities and family.

Person Killed in Fatal Inland Train Accident

An unidentified person was found dead on the Rancho Cucamonga railroad tracks on October 14, 2011, around 4:30 a.m. According to the San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials, the deceased was hit and killed by a Metrolink train. Amtrak police are investigating the collision.

From the present facts, it is unclear as to how this train accident occurred. Did the train driver ignore a red signal? Was he distracted? Was the victim negligent and failed to observe safety signals? Was he drunk or attempting to commit suicide by this act? If negligent operation by the train conductor caused this train accident, then the conductor and his employer might be legally required to compensate the deceased person’s family for the cost of funeral expenses, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages. The deceased’s family would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Los Angeles train accident attorney who will advise them about their legal rights and options.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew the deceased for such a tragic loss.

San Diego Big-Rig Truck Accident Injures Car Driver

A serious San Diego truck accident occurred on northbound Interstate 15 (I-15) when a big-rig truck ran over and ended up on top of a car, leaving the driver seriously injured. According to the California Highway Patrol, this San Diego freeway accident occurred south of Interstate 8 (I-8) in the Mission Valley area of San Diego shortly before 1:30 p.m. on October 19, 2010.

California Highway Patrol officers said that the truck crashed on the top of the car before it came to rest on the center divider. The smaller vehicle was crushed badly and its’ driver suffered serious injuries and was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Eastbound Interstate 8 remained blocked for several hours following this truck accident until emergency crew cleared the road around 4:30 p.m. Authorities are still investigating what caused this traffic accident to occur.

From the available information, it is not clear if the truck driver’s negligence or inattentiveness lead to this accident. Now the authorities need to find out what made the truck driver land on the roof of the car. Did he lose control of the vehicle? Was there any automobile malfunction or design issue which contributed or caused the auto accident to occur? Was the truck driver driving under influence of alcohol or drugs? If the driver is indeed found at fault, he may be held liable to cover the cost of medical treatment, hospitalization costs, lost wages, and other accident related damages.

The injured car driver should consult an experienced San Diego truck accident lawyer who could help him acquire fair compensation for his pain and damages suffered. We sincerely hope and pray that the injured victim did not suffer any life threatening injuries and that he recovers completely from his injuries.

Bicyclist Injured In Rancho Bernardo Hit And Run Car Accident

A bicyclist suffered serious injuries in a San Diego hit and run car accident that occurred on October 15, 2010, around 8:00 p.m. According to the San Diego Police, this auto accident occurred on Pomerado Road near the intersection with Caminito Vecinos.

San Diego Police Officer David Stafford said that the injured bicycle rider, a man in his 40s, was riding his bike when he was struck from behind by a car near. The bicyclist suffered a fractured vertebrae, along with several bruises and scrapes. Stafford said that the bicycle rider had a six pack of beer in his bag, had been drinking, and would not provide his personal information to the investigating officers..

The investigating police officers believe that the damaged pieces of the hit and run vehicle will provide some clue about the car and help them trace the owner. From the present facts, it is clear that the hit and run car driver struck the bicyclist, whether or not the bicyclist was impaired or driving carelessly. The bicyclist here has also violated California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a) which states that “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” This law applies regardless of whether you are operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle.

The investigating officers need to determine why this San Diego motor vehicle accident occurred. From the facts reported, it appears that both the driver and bicyclist share some responsibility for causing the traffic accident. First, the car driver by fleeing from the accident scene showed irresponsible behavior and if found guilty will be held liable, in part, for the cyclist’s injuries. Leaving the scene of an injury accident is a serious violation under California Vehicle Code 20001. The bicyclist, even if partially responsible for causing the accident, can seek compensation for the cost of medical treatment, hospitalization costs, and other accident-related damages. The degree to which the bicyclist is responsible for causing his own injuries will reduce his recovery through the legal theory of comparative negligence.

We recommend the injured cyclist seek assistance from an experienced Rancho Bernardo bicycle accident lawyer who could help him get a fair compensation for the injuries he suffered. We sincerely hope that the injured bicyclist did not suffer any life-threatening injuries and recovers From his injuries soon.

NHTSA Warns Motorists, Repair Shops to Avoid Counterfeit Airbags

After a San Diego car accident, your car may need repairs, including the replacement of the airbags if one or more them activated during the crash. However, not all airbags are created equal. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns car owners and repair shops to use only certified, original parts when replacing or fixing airbags – not generic or counterfeit parts that can cause greater harm.

Some counterfeit air bags look nearly identical to their genuine counterparts. In testing, however, the NHTSA found that the counterfeit versions did not work correctly in many cases. Some counterfeit airbags failed to activate at all, while others ejected pieces of metal shrapnel as they activated, which can cause serious injuries or even death. The NHTSA has not received any reports of actual deaths caused by these defective auto parts to date.

San Diego Auto Defect Lawyers

Automobile Defects Are Hard To Pinpoint, And You Might Not Realize There Is A Problem Until It Is Too Late.

When you buy a car, you expect to be able to depend on its safety and viability to get you from Point A to Point B and through life. However, when there is something wrong with its design or manufacture, that defect can cause serious problems for you and for those around you. These sorts of problems are hard to pinpoint, and you might not realize that there is a problem until it’s too late.

By federal law, automobiles must meet certain basic, minimum safety standards. In addition, automobile manufacturers are required to take reasonable precautions in the design and manufacture of their vehicles. However, big manufacturing car companies like Toyota or Ford sometimes fail to correctly check their cars for maximum safety. As a result, you end up stuck with a “lemon.”

Common Forms of Car Defects

Seatbelt injuries
Brake malfunction
Sudden/unintended acceleration
Tire defects
Airbag defects
Child car seat defects

Who Oversees Automobile Defects?

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the authority to require manufacturers to recall vehicles with safety-related defects or that do not meet safety standards.

That means that the defect (1) poses a risk to motor vehicle safety and (2) may exist in a group of vehicles of the same design or manufacture.

What if My Car has a Safety Defect?

It is unsafe to drive and the dealer has an obligation to attempt to fix it. If your car is still under the manufacturer’s warranty, there is no charge. If it is no longer under the warranty, you may have to pay out of pocket for the fix and submit the bill to the reimbursement once the recall has been issued.

How Do Defects Happen?

From the moment a car is designed, it has the potential of being subjected to errors that may make it unreliable. Design problems, manufacturing errors, inspection negligence, and repair mistakes may cause a vehicle to become unsafe.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of a flaw in your car, you need a specialist to examine the vehicle and check for problems. The San Diego product defect attorneys will conduct design tests and file a claim against the automaker to get you the money you need for your damages and for a safe, new vehicle. Call us to set up a free consultation.

Bicyclist Killed In Fatal Chino Hills Car Accident

27-year-old Omar Gomez was struck and killed in Chino Hills car wreck that occurred on October 12, 2011, around 9:46 a.m. on Carbon Canyon Road in Chino Hills. According to San Bernardino County Sheriff spokeswoman, Gomez was hit by a ’95 Acura driven by a 23-year-old male, who said that he looked away momentarily and then hit the biker.

Gomez suffered fatal injuries and was immediately transported to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:30 a.m.

The accident is under investigation, though alcohol and excessive speed were not contributing factors. It is clear that and the negligent actions of the Acura driver led to this fatal bicycle wreck. The driver has not been cited as of yet.

Meanwhile, the deceased bicyclist’s family members should seek counsel could from an experienced San Bernardino County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and would assure that the at-fault motorist is apprehended and brought to justice.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Gomez for such a heart rendering loss.

Pedestrian Killed in Fatal Victorville Car Accident

44-year-old James Emmett Weatherford IV was struck and killed in a fatal pedestrian accident that occurred on October 8, 2011, around 1:11 a.m. on Interstate 15 (I-15) near the Roy Rogers Drive. According to California Highway Patrol, Weatherford was trying to cross the freeway when he was struck by a red 2011 Ford Fusion.

The officers responding to this serious car accident pronounced Weatherford dead at the accident scene. The driver has not been cited as of yet as the accident is still under investigation.

From the available information, it appears that the car driver is responsible for this fatal pedestrian wreck. At this time, the deceased pedestrian’s family members should seek counsel could from an experienced San Bernardino County pedestrian accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and would assure that the at-fault motorist is apprehended and brought to justice.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Weatherford for such a heart rendering loss.

Big Rig & Bus Crash Closes Highway 12 In Sacramento County

A big rig versus bus accident closed Highway 12 on October 11, 2010, afternoon in Sacramento County. According to the California Highway Patrol, this fatal Sacramento interstate trucking accident involved two other vehicles: a bus and a Chevy Blazer SUV. Stockton CHP spokesman Angel Arceo said that this three vehicle accident occurred on State Route 12 just east of the Sacramento-San Joaquin County line and south of Isleton, approximately 400 miles from San Diego.

Arceo said that the big rig truck and a tractor trailer was traveling westbound when it encountered traffic, tried to slow down, and jackknifed. A transit bus carrying no passengers heading eastbound slammed into the big rig. The female drivers driving big rig and the transit bus suffered critical injuries and were transported to a nearby hospitals for treatment. The big rig truck driver was taken to John Muir hospital in the Bay Area, while the bus driver was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center.

The SUV involved in this truck accident, went down an embankment off the road, but fortunately no one suffered major injuries. This Sacramento truck accident forced closure of Highway 12 in both directions. The roadway reopened after 7:45 p.m.

This news report offers very few details about what caused this three vehicle crash. There are several unanswered questions here. Who caused the accident? Who was at fault? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? Was one of the drivers fatigued at the time of the crash? Was speed or distraction a factor? Was there an auto defect or mechanical malfunction that caused the driver to lose control?

Victims of negligent drivers often face considerable monetary adversities in addition to their physical injuries. In such cases like this one, the truck accident victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and other related damages.

It would be in the best interest of the injured victims to seek assistance from a truck accident attorney in Sacramento County.

We sincerely hope and pray that none of the injured victims sustain any life-threatening injuries.

SSDI Benefits: Increasing Dependence on Disability Will Exhaust Funds by 2016

The combination of increasing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, fewer beneficiaries terminating their benefits, and a smaller workforce contributing into the fund through payroll taxes has taken a major toll on America’s disability insurance trust fund.

In 2011, the Trustee’s Report concluded that the disability insurance fund would be completely gone by 2018. In April 2012, just one year later, the Trustee’s Report concluded that the fund would be exhausted by 2016. If we keep going at that rate, next year we can speculate that the funds may be exhausted by 2014!

Young Child Struck In Corona Car Accident

An unidentified 10-year-old girl suffered serious injuries in Corona pedestrian accident that occurred on September 30, 2011, around 7:30 a.m. in Corona. According to Corona fire Battalion Chief Mike Porter, the child was crossing Sixth Street at Main Street in the crosswalk when an eastbound vehicle struck her.

The girl suffered serious injuries and was immediately transported to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment from where she was later moved to Loma Linda University Medical Center. It appears that the car driver’s recklessness led to this serious crash. The driver did not stop after hitting the child and instead, fled the scene.

The injured victim’s parents should immediately seek counsel from an experienced Riverside County hit-and-run car accident lawyer who would educate them about their legal rights and options and assure that the at-fault car driver is brought to justice. The injured pedestrian’s parents can also file a personal injury claim against the motorist to obtain a timely compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs, and other accident-related damages.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes and prays that the injuries suffered by the young girl do not prove life-threatening and heal soon.

What are My Employer’s Duties Regarding Workplace Safety?

In California, workplace safety in most places of employment is regulated by Cal/OSHA, the government agency responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations. When Cal/OSHA regulations are violated, workers can file reports with the agency that will trigger an investigation and correction, if necessary. These reports can be filed anonymously: although Cal/OSHA will know which worker filed the report, the worker can request that their name be kept confidential from the employer.

Under requirements established by Cal/OSHA, employers have certain responsibilities toward their workers. These include:

  • Making employees aware of their rights and responsibilities under Cal/OSHA rules
  • Creating and using an effective written illness and injury prevention program for employees
  • Staying aware of the hazards each employee faces on the job and training each employee to safely approach specific job hazards
  • Correcting any hazardous conditions that may result in serious injuries to employees
  • Never allowing employees to do work that violates Cal/OSHA rules
  • Never allowing employees to be exposed to hazardous substances or conditions without proper protective equipment, tools, or training
  • Never allowing untrained employees to do hazardous work

Employees have the right to point out Cal/OSHA violations and to refuse to do any work that would expose them to a hazardous situation in violation of these regulations. If your workplace is investigated by a Cal/OSHA investigator, you have the right to point out dangerous conditions to the investigator.

If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t wait: call the skilled San Diego personal injury attorneys for a free and confidential case evaluation.

Woman Dies In Linda Vista Pedestrian Accident

57-year-old Tina Vang was struck and killed in a San Diego car crash that occurred on June 18, 2011, around 9:50 p.m. in the 7700 block of Linda Vista Road. According to San Diego Police Officer David Stafford, Vang was crossing the street to her car when she was struck by a Chevrolet Impala traveling southbound on Linda Vista Road.

Vang was immediately transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, where she was later pronounced dead. An investigation is on to determine the exact cause of the accident. It would be interesting for the investigating officers to determine whether the motorist was speeding, distracted, driving under the influence of drugs, or was talking on the phone.

If it is found that the motorist was speeding or driving negligently, then he may be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. The victim’s family members should consult with a San Diego pedestrian accident lawyer who would assure that the at-fault party is held liable and brought to justice. Vang’s family members may be eligible to obtain compensation to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of love, care and companionship, and other accident-related damages.

Our law office offers sincere condolences to all those who knew and loved Vang for such a heart rendering loss.

North Park Bicycle Accident Causes Head Injuries

An unidentified 25-year-old cyclist suffered serious injuries when he was struck by an open car door on September 28, 2011, around 7 p.m. outside 2800 University Ave. According to the San Diego police Officer David Stafford, the bicyclist was riding westbound on University Avenue when a 35-year-old man opened the door of his parked Dodge, knocking the cyclist to the ground.

The biker suffered serious head injuries and was immediately transported to a local trauma center. Based on this news report, it is clear that the car driver’s negligence contributed to this serious bicycle wreck. This is the most basic sense that one exercises when the opening door of cars parked on a road. The car driver should have acted cautiously and looked in both directions before opening his door.

As this time, the injured bicyclist should immediately seek counsel from an experienced San Diego County bicycle accident lawyer who would educate him about his legal rights and assure that the at-fault motorist is brought to justice. The injured bicyclist can file a personal injury claim against the motorist to obtain compensation to cover treatment, medical and hospital costs.

Our personal injury law office sincerely hopes that the injuries suffered by the bicyclist heal soon.

Bicyclist Killed In Los Angeles Hit And Run Car Accident

A teenager was killed in a Los Angeles County bicycle accident that was caused by a man driving under the influence of alcohol on October 2, 2010, around 2:11 a.m. The teen boy was riding his bike when a 2007 Saturn driven by Shawn Fields, 26, struck him. This car accident occurred at the intersection of Laurel Canyon Boulevard and Chamberlain Street in Pacoima, approximately 100 miles north of San Diego in the San Fernando Valley.

The teenaged boy was thrown off his bike across the intersection. Fields fled from the accident scene but were later tracked down by the authorities with the assistance of witnesses. The injured bicyclist was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. According to officials, Fields was driving under the influence at the time. That could have been the reason why he fled from the accident scene without even stopping to help the injured teenager, who was lying in the middle of an intersection. Fields, if found guilty, will definitely be held accountable both, criminally and civilly for his unkind, selfish, and negligent actions.

Fields, in this case, violated one major law. California Vehicle Code Section 20001 (a) states: “The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to a person, other than himself or herself, or in the death of a person shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident.”

The family of a victim killed in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing is advised to seek the guidance of an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident lawyer, who will make sure that the family’s legal are protected. The family in such a situation could file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship and other related damages.

We offer our deepest condolences family and friends of the fatally injured teenager who lost his life in this bicycle accident.

Chula Vista Pedestrian Accident Injures Partygoer

One person suffered serious injuries when he was struck by Juan Zermano, 23, with his car outside a party in Chula Vista around 1 a.m. on October 3, 2010. According to the Chula Vista Police, Zermano was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving and assault with a deadly weapon. This Chula Vista pedestrian accident occurred near the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Moss Street in Chula Vista, a city in South San Diego County.

Chula Vista police Lt. Fritz Reber said that a 16-year-old boy, who was part of an argument, called his brother, Zermano, to pick him up. Zermano picked up his brother and others and drove away from the argument. He then made a sudden U-turn, drove up on the curb, and struck the victim badly.

The injured victim was taken to UCSD Medical Center for treatment from where he was released after two hours. If Zermano is determined to have been at fault in this case, then he could face not only criminal DUI charges and charges of assault with a deadly weapon (using his truck as a tool to attack and strike the victim), but could also be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages he caused. The injured victim could seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of earnings, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation, and other related damages. In addition, if the accident was deemed intentional, then the injured victim might be entitled to punitive damages from Zermano.

We sincerely hope and pray that the injured victim did not suffer any catastrophic injuries and recovers to his health soon.

Porterville Man Suffers Injuries In A Strathmore Car Accident

Joshua Plunk, 32, from Porterville sustained major injuries in a Strathmore car accident that occurred on September 27, 2010, around 6:40 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol, this auto accident occurred when a 2007 Honda Accord collided with the 2004 Ford F-250 which Plunk was driving east of Strathmore, approximately 200 miles north of San Diego.

Plunk was driving his pickup truck eastbound on Avenue 196 when a westbound Accord driven by Dustin Reed, 24, initiated a left hand turn into the path of the pickup truck at Road 256. Plunk suffered major injuries in this car accident and was transported to Kaweah Delta Hospital in Visalia for treatment. Two other passengers in the pickup truck, Danny Delussa, 38, and Rhett Mason, 29, sustained minor injuries in this car accident.

The Accord driver, Reed, fortunately, escaped unhurt. This traffic collision appears to be caused by an unsafe left-turn initiated by Reed, who failed to yield to the right-of-way to Plunk’s Ford truck. The law that applies to left turns is stated in California Vehicle Code Section 21801: “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left or to complete a U-turn upon a highway, or to turn left into public or private property, or an alley, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching from the opposite direction which are close enough to constitute a hazard at any time during the turning movement, and shall continue to yield the right-of-way to the approaching vehicles until the left turn or U-turn can be made with reasonable safety.”

In such situations where another driver is likely responsible for a car accident resulting in major injury to another vehicle’s occupant, the injured victim would be well-advised to speak with an experienced Visalia car accident lawyer about the accident and the victim’s legal rights. An auto accident attorney can help victim acquire compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other accident-related expenses.

We sincerely hope and pray that Plunk, Danny Delussa, and Rhett Mason recover completely from their injuries.

Huntington Beach Auto Accident Injures Driver

A 38-year old man suffered critical injuries in an Orange County car accident that occurred at Goldenwest Street on September 28, 2010 around 6:00 p.m. According to Huntington Beach Police Lt. Gary Faust, the injured victim was thrown out of his pickup truck after it collided with a BMW.

Faust said that the pickup truck rolled over and the man was thrown out of it. The injured man suffered serious head and internal injuries and was transported to UCI Medical Center for treatment. The BMW driver also complained of pain and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The names of both the car drivers have not been released.

Police are still investigating the cause of this car accident to determine who was responsible for causing the accident, but it is believed that one of the drivers might have crossed into the intersection against a red light. If any of the car drivers is determined to have caused this traffic collision, then he might be held liable to pay the other with compensation to cover cost of hospitalization and pain and suffering.

The injured pickup driver should consult with a car accident lawyer in Orange County who could help them get a just compensation for the pain they suffered.

Drugs and Driving Don’t Mix in Seattle Car Accident Case

A drug prescribed by a physician makes people generally feel more at ease about taking it- since the drug is recommended by a doctor it surely must be safe. But as a San Diego dangerous drugs lawyer, I have seen the destruction these drugs can bring on the roadways. Prescription drugs have taken on a new role in recent years with 6 million Americans using prescription narcotics such as Vicodin for non-medical purposes. For most of the population, this would be considered better than abusing illegal narcotics, but these drugs have just as disastrous consequences.

Recently a Seattle car accident case proved how dangerous these medications are whether prescribed or taken illegally. Bellevue personal injury law firm, Premier Law Group closed a car accident case involving a driver asleep at the wheel. The drowsy driver ran over and drug a construction worker twenty feet as he removed necessary items from his truck. The most common assumption would be the accident occurred at a late hour and the driver was simply tired—in this case, however, the driver had been illegally using a prescription medication. The medication made him drowsy, as the label clearly warns, and he fell asleep behind the wheel as an adverse side effect.

The construction worker was rushed to the hospital where he remained for some time. He would never be able to return to his profession due to the extent of his injuries and had to retrain in a different field.

What makes this case even more real is how often prescription drug abusers operate a vehicle without a second thought to their condition and the adverse reaction to the drug. Most of the 6 million Americans admitting to using prescription drugs in a recreational capacity admit to operating a vehicle while under the influence. To learn more about the Drug Driving epidemic read the article “Drugs and Driving” by Seattle personal injury lawyer, Jason Epstein.

October is National Spinal Health Month

October is National Spinal Health Month, offering Californians of all ages the chance to learn more about how to protect themselves from spinal cord injuries and keep a healthy spine. Back and spine injuries are among the catastrophic injuries that are the most difficult and expensive to treat. Even relatively minor back or spine injuries may require an extended time to heal and impair your functioning in a number of ways.

To protect your spinal health, consider the following tips:

  • Practice safe lifting. Bending from the waist, especially when picking up heavy objects, increases your risks of spinal injuries. When lifting, engage your abdominal muscles and bend your knees to lift with your leg muscles, not your back.
  • Exercise for a healthy spine. Adding exercises to improve your core strength, work on flexibility, and cross-train your body all help improve spinal health, which protects your back and may reduce the severity of your injuries in an accident. Avoid straining or jerking your back or any other part of your body when you exercise.
  • Wear supportive shoes. Wearing shoes with cushioned, supportive, non-skid soles can help protect your back and spine, especially if your job requires you to be on your feet for extended periods of time.

Our experienced San Diego spinal cord injury attorneys can help you protect your legal rights and seek the compensation you need after a back or spinal cord injury. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call us today.

Riverside County Motorcycle Accident Kills Motorcyclist

A 46-year old unidentified motorcyclist was killed in a fatal Riverside County motorcycle accident that occurred on September 27, 2010. According to the Moreno Valley Police, the victim was found lying seriously injured at the bottom of a ravine in Moreno Valley near Ironwood Avenue, approximately 90 miles north of San Diego.

An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer saw an injured man lying at the foot of a 20-foot embankment. The injured victim was then immediately rushed to Riverside County Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. Police do not know when and how this traffic accident occurred.

It is unclear what caused this fatal motorcycle accident. However, it cannot be ruled out that it might have occurred due to any mechanical failure or design issue. If it is found that this motorcycle accident occurred due to any mechanical or design issue then the automotive manufacturer might be held guilty for biker’s death. Motorcyclist’s family needs to consult an experienced Riverside motorcycle accident lawyer who could help them aware of their legal rights.

The victim’s family might be eligible for compensation to cover the cost of funeral and burial, loss of future earnings, loss of love, care and companionship. We offer our deepest condolences to all those who knew and loved the motorcyclist for such a heart rendering loss.

Los Angeles County Motorcycle Accident Kills Softball Coach

Fred Fraijo, 49, a Northview High School softball assistant, was killed in a San Gabriel Valley motorcycle accident on the 10 Freeway (Interstate 10, I-10) in San Dimas in east Los Angeles County, approximately 120 miles north of San Diego. According to the California Highway Patrol, this fatal Los Angeles motorcycle accident occurred on September 22, 2010, around 5:20 a.m.

At the time of the motorcycle accident, Fraijo rode his 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and crashed it into a big-rig truck parked on the shoulder. Fraijo was pronounced dead at the scene.

If the loss of control was due to an uneven road or a mechanical failure, Fraijo’s family may be entitled to compensation. These types of claims are literally specific and require an immediate and detailed investigation be performed by trained experts managed by a skilled personal injury lawyer. However, regardless of whether the accident is the fault of anyone else, our prayers go out to his family for their devastating loss.

Rollovers, Seat Belt Misuse Key Factors in Car Accident Spinal Cord Injuries

Studies of spinal cord injuries suffered in car accidents have identified several key factors. Improper seat belt use, rollovers, and vehicles with a higher center of gravity all increase the risk that someone in the vehicle will suffer a catastrophic spinal cord injury during an accident.

A study published in the journal Accident: Analysis and Prevention found that 70 percent of spinal cord injuries suffered in car accidents occurred during a rollover accident. Thirty-nine percent of those injured in these accidents suffered spinal cord damage when they were involved in a vehicle ejection. Only 25 percent of spinal cord injury survivors were wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Seat belt use is the key to preventing spinal cord damage in car crashes, but using seat belts properly is just as important. A 2011 study in the World Journal of Pediatrics found that spinal cord injuries were reduced when vehicle occupants wore seat belts with shoulder harnesses, instead of wearing a seat belt across their laps only. The study also found that people who relied solely on the airbag, instead of both the airbag and seat belt, were more likely to suffer damage to the cervical spine – the type of damage that can cause permanent paralysis.

Spinal cord injuries are just one of the types of catastrophic injuries a severe car accident can cause. If you or someone you care for has suffered such devastating injuries, the skilled San Diego spinal cord injury accident attorneys can help. To discuss your situation with us, contact us today.

San Diego County Helicopter Crash Injures Two

A helicopter crashed on September 20, 2009, in San Diego County. The crash occurred in a remote area of North San Diego County and two people were hurt in the accident.

San Diego Sheriff’s Lt. Gary Steadman reported on the incident, noting that the crash occurred very near Valley Center and was reported around 2:30 p.m.. However, due to the remote area of the crash, the helicopter was not located until 20 minutes later. Nick Shuler, Fire Battalion Chief, said that the crash scene was not easily accessible for firefighters and paramedics to reach. There has been no immediate report on the cause of the crash or what type of helicopter it was that crashed.

If you or a loved one has ever been injured or killed in a North San Diego County injury accident, contact the California personal injury attorneys.

Two People Injured in Knott’s Berry Farm Roller Coaster Accident

The popular Southern California amusement park Knott’s Berry Farm had two guests injured on September 16, 2009, when a cable on the Xcelerator roller coaster snapped while the ride was in motion. The two victims were a 12-year-old boy and an older man, both of who had to be taken to the hospital.

The Knott’s Berry Farm spokeswoman Jennifer Blazey spoke to the media, saying that the accident happened around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, at their Orange County location in Buena Park, CA. Blazey also reported that the cable caused a laceration to the boy’s leg, and back pain in the man. They were both transported to hospitals, but as of last Friday, there had been no word on their conditions as of Friday. The hospital officials wanted to respect patient privacy laws and so did not report on their conditions.

Blazey insists that the ride is inspected daily, but has since been shut down. It is the first reported problem with the ride since it opened in 2002, according to Blazey. The state is currently investigating the personal injury case.

If you or a loved one has ever been injured or killed in a Southern California roller coaster accident, contact Orange County, CA personal injury lawyer and the Buena Park personal injury lawyers.

Serious San Diego Bicycle Accident Causes Head Injury

Last Thursday, a 67-year-old man was hospitalized for the injuries he suffered when his bicycle crashed in San Diego County’s Linda Vista. He had been attempting to keep his hat on as the wind was blowing it off , according to police.

The scene of the accident was the 1700 block of Ulric Street at about 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, according to San Diego police Officer Brad Ruff, who reported on the San Diego bike accident. The bicyclist’s injuries included facial fractures, a skull fracture, a broken shoulder, a broken forearm, and a lacerated kidney. He is still expected to survive. Bicycle accidents can be common in San Diego but just as well prevented, by wearing helmets and exercising sound judgment while on the road.

If you or a loved one has ever been injured or killed in a San Diego bicycle accident, contact San Diego, CA bike accident lawyer and the San Diego injury attorneys. You may also contact these San Diego, CA personal injury lawyers.

San Diego Train Accident Kills Pedestrian

Roger Lee Bailey, 46, while trying to cross the train tracks in the North San Diego County city of Oceanside, was struck and killed by an Amtrak train on September 18, 2010 around 11:55 p.m. Oceanside Police Sgt. Travis Norton said that the man was trying to cross the tracks on the 200 block of Surfrider Way when he tripped and was struck by San Diego bound train.

The train stopped at the accident scene to await investigating officers from San Diego County Sherriff’s Department. The exact reason of Bailey’s presence on the tracks is not clear, although it appears that he was trying to cross the railroad track and may have been trying to “beat” the train. It is also not clear whether Bailey was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or sober when this fatal train accident occurred.

The exact cause of this injury accident still remains under investigation. If it is found that the train driver’s negligence or inattentiveness caused this fatal train accident, then he and Amtrak might be held responsible for the victim’s death and may be civilly liable to pay the cost of his funeral, loss of earnings, and loss of love and companionship. More facts are needed to determine if this is the case.

In the meantime, nothing can be said that would console or help Mr. Bailey’s friends and family in a time like this. The loss of a loved one is never easy but it is particularly hard when it happens in an accident where someone may be legally responsible for their death. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Bailey’s friends and family. We wish them peace.

Carlsbad Auto Accident Pins Woman Between Two Cars

An elderly woman sustained serious injuries when she was pinned between two cars in a driveway on September 19, 2010, around 1:15 p.m. The injured victim was helping another elderly woman back out of her driveway near the intersection of Chestnut Avenue and Celinda Drive in Carlsbad when this auto accident occurred.

The injured woman became trapped between two cars and suffered serious injuries to her head and torso. At present, it seems that the inattentiveness of another elderly woman driving along the street might have lead to this car crash. Under California Vehicle Code § 21901, drivers cannot disregard pedestrians standing or walking in roadways. They must avoid an accident by stopping or turning out of harm’s way. If it is found that the woman driving her car along the street was at fault, after the Carlsbad Police perform their initial investigation, then they might be held liable for the injuries the woman standing in the street suffered. She might also be held liable to pay compensation to the injured woman for her medical costs and pain that she suffered.

We hope that the woman injured in this traffic collision recovers fully from her injuries and that no long term damage has been suffered. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her.